The independence of music

Architecture Here and There

The Rhode Island Philharmonic near dusk at India Point Park last night. The Rhode Island Philharmonic near dusk at India Point Park last night.

Not long ago, a few soft bars into Ravel’s Bolero, conductor Larry Rachleff of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, presiding at Veterans Memorial Auditorium – in the shadow of the Rhode Island State House designed by Charles Follen McKim – stopped the orchestra, turned around and offered a silent cough-into-sleeve-please lesson to a member of the audience who coughed during an early flute solo. Rachleff  resumed conducting, but many had not heard the cough, and (after reading of the incident in Channing Gray’s review in the Providence Journal) I thought that Rachleff had gone too far.

Billy and Victoria with me at India Point Park. Billy and Victoria with me at India Point Park.

Last night, during the orchestra’s July 4 pops concert at India Point Park, the audience chattered, private fireworks popped and my son Billy romped on my thorax while I lay on my back…

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